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November 30, 2022
Woodbridge Hotel Fires 1979
Updated On: Mar 04, 2008

These audio files are from tapes that were used in a voice activated recorder. Prior to Somerville Fire going to a UHF frequency, they operated without a repeater. Therefore some of the radio traffic was not picked by the voice activated recorder. These and future files have also been edited to remove some of the dead air that would take up alot of time. These files reflect the busiest time on the Somerville Fire Department for fires.

Note: You will need to have Quick Time Player installed on your computer to listed to the Audio Files.  If you do not have Quick Time Player and would like to download it for free CLICK HERE


Because of the size of these files, it may take a minute or so before the audio starts playing.

For reference, "301" was the Chief of the Department.  "302" and "303" were Chief Officers - referred to as "C-2" and "C-3" present day.

The Woodbridge Hotel located at 27 College Ave. was the site of 4 fires between 1979 and 1980.  The hotel was only occupied during the first fire (3 Alarms) which occurred on March 22, 1979.  The next evening the hotel was back up in flames to the tune of 2 Alarms.  The third fire occurred on June 28, 1979 and went to a Working Fire with a request for an additional engine and truck to the fire.  April 23, 1980- (the last hurrah) 2nd Alarm w/box struck @1246 hrs. (they torched the joint in broad daylight!) Heavy fire in the cellar extended to 2nd floor.  Below is audio from the first two fires on March 22nd & 23rd of 1979.

March 22nd - 3rd Alarm Audio CLICK HERE

March 23rd - 2nd Alarm Audio CLICK HERE


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